x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Emirati man denies home invasion charges

He and other men are accused of bursting into a home and threatening the occupants with knives.

DUBAI // A 22-year-old man told a Dubai court he did not use knives to attack and rob two women and a man in their apartment.

OE, an Emirati, asked the Criminal Court of First Instance to summon the alleged victims and cross examine them.

Prosecutors charged him with theft at night with the use of a weapon, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

According to records, he knocked on the door of the apartment of FA, ZL and MA on January 20. When one of the women opened the door, he held a knife in her face and ordered her inside, then locked the door.

Prosecutors said several other men with him, who remain at large, attacked the women as well.

FA, from Uzbekistan, said the two women were his aunt and her daughter. He said OE stole four gold chains, four gold rings, and four mobile phones worth Dh12,500.

He said OE and the other men threatened them with knives as they searched the apartment.

The next hearing will be on June 2.

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